சல்லிகட்டு - The Bull Taming Sport @ Palamedu, Tamilnadu
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Jallikattu is one of the oldest living ancient sports seen in the modern era. Although it sounds similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, it is quite different. In Jallikattu, the bull is not killed or harmed and the 'matadors' are not supposed to use any weapon. Instead its the matadors are the ones who get killed or harmed. Till last year the matadors used to pull the tails of the bulls or they would jump on the bull as a pack of 5 or 10 to tame it. This way the animals were actually harmed. But the Supreme Court of India changed the rules this year to curb animal torture.
In fact now it can be called as "Bull Ride" because as per the new rules, the matador should hold on to the bull from the entry point to an area about hundred feet away. He will be declared winner if he achieves that. No body should touch the tail and not more than 2 people can try to hold on to the bull.
Jallikattu is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival. The festivals are held from January to July every year. Madurai and its surrounding villages are very famous for this sport.